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The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) [Hardcover]

By James H. Charlesworth (Author)
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The serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings. This groundbreaking book explores in plentiful detail the symbol of the serpent from 40,000 BCE to the present, and from diverse regions in the world. In doing so it emphasizes the creativity of the biblical authors' use of symbols and argues that we must today reexamine our own archetypal conceptions with comparable creativity.--From publisher description.

Publishers Description

In a perplexing passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus is likened to the most reviled creature in Christian symbology: the snake. Attempting to understand how the Fourth Evangelist could have made such a surprising analogy, James H. Charlesworth has spent nearly a decade combing through the vast array of references to serpents in the ancient world--from the Bible and other religious texts to ancient statuary and jewelry. Charlesworth has arrived at a surprising conclusion: not only was the serpent a widespread symbol throughout the world, but its meanings were both subtle and varied. In fact, the serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings.

This groundbreaking book explores in plentiful detail the symbol of the serpent from 40,000 BCE to the present, and from diverse regions in the world. In doing so it emphasizes the creativity of the biblical authors' use of symbols and argues that we must today reexamine our own archetypal conceptions with comparable creativity.

From Publishers Weekly
Despite its imposing size and the reputation of its author as a formidable scholar (Charlesworth is a professor of New Testament language and literature at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of more than 60 books), this book is a surprisingly readable treatment of all things snake in religious iconography and literature of the ancient Near East. Beginning with the question: why would Jesus be equated to a serpent in the New Testament gospel of John when serpents get such a bad rap (isnt the Eden snake a symbol of Satan, after all?), Charlesworth goes on to show, in great and well-documented detail, how much more nuanced serpent imagery was in the ancient Near East and in the Bible itself. This includes an excellent treatment of popular assumptions about that Eden snake and the problems with such assumptions. When Charlesworth returns at the books end to his initial question, readers can appreciate how powerfully positive the ostensibly puzzling gospel image is. The book could have been better edited to remove some repetition, and it occasionally assumes specialized knowledge, but Charlesworth offers a fascinating treatment overall. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by James H. Charlesworth has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2011 Winner - Biblical Studies category


Citations And Professional Reviews
The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by James H. Charlesworth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 07/01/2010
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/11/2010 page 43
  • Library Journal - 02/01/2010 page 68


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   719
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.81"
Weight:   2.56 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 23, 2010
Publisher   Yale University Press
Series  Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library  
ISBN  0300140827  
ISBN13  9780300140828  


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